Friday, August 14, 2020

Sheffield’s ITM Power inks contract with clean fuel logistics company

ITM Power, the Sheffield-based energy storage and clean fuel company, has signed a fuel contract to supply hydrogen at £10/kg with Commercial Group, a hydrogen fuelled fleet logistics company.

The contract covers fuel dispensed across ITM Power’s hydrogen refuelling network, including the station recently opened in London. The refuelling network has been financially supported by projects run by Innovate UK, OLEV and FCH JU. ITM Power currently has £16.19 million of projects under contract and a further £1.79 million of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, making a total of £17.98 million.

The business services company Commercial has been operating a fleet of hydrogen hybrid delivery vans since 2013 across London and the South East, along the M4 corridor and out into the South West. With ITM Power expanding the UK hydrogen refuelling network, Commercial will be able to serve more customers across its low-carbon logistics network.

Carbon emissions from Commercial’s hydrogen vans are significantly lower than traditional comparable diesel vehicles and deliver significant environmental benefits. Commercial’s hydrogen van fleet was deployed via projects with funding support from Innovate UK. These projects successfully demonstrated the environmental benefits of the hydrogen technology and the vehicles will continue to operate across Commercial’s fleet.

Simone Hindmarch-Bye, Commercial’s co-founder and Sales Director, said: “We are delighted that we can now extend our low-carbon hydrogen delivery services to more customers nationwide by utilising the expanding network of hydrogen refuelling stations. The use of hydrogen continues to demonstrate Commercial’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and exploring new and innovative technologies to reduce the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels.”

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, added “We are building a portfolio of fuel customers and following the first contract – to supply Toyota, we are very pleased to be working with Commercial again who are pioneers in the adoption of fleet logistics using hydrogen. We look forward to supporting their fleets at our hydrogen refuelling stations.”

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